My dog has had an open wound on her paw for several months, I keep treating it but she wont leave it alone and it won't heal. She had another place on her face but it finally did heal. Could this be a bigger problem? Also, this past summer she had a seizuer but has not had one since. She is slightly over weight and I have her on weight management dog food. Can anyone help me with this?
Hi there...peekawho is correct, this wound needs veterinary attention.
Often, a little scratch, insect bite, or other type of seemingly insignificant wound can drive our dogs crazy!! Its almost as if the dog becomes obsessive over the wound and, as you mentioned, will not leave it alone. This constant licking and chewing prevents the wound from healing naturally and can cause a bigger problem down the road known as a lick granuloma.
The key to healing these stubborn wounds is to get the dog's mind off of the wound. Some veterinarians will inject steroids into the area to minimize the inflammation and the symptoms, others might recommend a surgical approach to remove the wound. As you make your appointment to see your veterinarian, you might consider putting an elizabethan collar on her (the "cone") so that she can't reach the wound to lick it. You can buy one at local petstores.
Good luck...I hope you will check back and let us know how she is doing.
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